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Dossier - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)

    January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

A letter from Annie Barrows to her readers

Like many readers of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I want to go to a Society meeting. I want to sit in Clovis and Nancy Fossey's living room-with spillover into the kitchen-and argue about Wuthering Heights and Seneca. I want to chat with Dawsey and Isola. I used to want a piece of potato peel pie, but then I had one, so I don't want that anymore...
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An extract from the novel

Dear Sidney,
Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food. Susan managed to procure ration coupons for icing sugar and real eggs for the meringue. If all her literary luncheons are going to achieve these heights, I won't mind touring about the country. Do you suppose that a lavish bonus could spur her on to butter? Let's try it you may deduct the money from my royalties...
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Teacher's guide

This guide was written by Hannah Doherty, a PHD candidate in English Literature at Stanford University. It is made available to us by courtesy of Random House, Inc., the publishers of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
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Reader's guide

Celebrating literature, love, and the power of the human spirit, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is the story of an English author living in the shadow of World War IIand embarking on a writing project that will dramatically change her life. Unfolding in a series of letters, this enchanting novel introduces readers to the indomitable Juliet Ashton...
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Pour citer ces ressources :

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 09/2010. "Dossier - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)".
La Clé des Langues (Lyon: ENS LYON/DGESCO). ISSN 2107-7029. Mis à jour le 14 septembre 2010.
Consulté le 12 février 2016.
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Mise à jour le 14 septembre 2010
Créé le 14 septembre 2010
ISSN 2107-7029
DGESCO Clé des Langues